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San Francisco Theater

Calendar of San Francisco Shows for 2016

San Francisco theater has hundreds of shows every year. With more than a dozen theaters in SF, you will find a wide variety of shows from dramas to comedies.

You can choose to see a performance at one of the larger theaters such as the Orpheum with popular shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon, and Matilda. You can also catch a show in a smaller, more intimate theater, such as the SF Playhouse in Union Square.

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Below you will find a schedule of shows for 2016. Each show has a quick overview including the theater, dates, times, and how you can find tickets.

2016 Theater Calendar by Month
February
March
April
May
June
July
August September October
November December 2017 Season

San Francisco Theater: February 2016

Jersey Boys

jersey boysBased on the true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, this Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical tells how a group of blue-collar boys sored to American pop music fame with their signature sound. The musical features the group's hit songs, including "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Oh, What a Night," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You."

Dates: January 20 - February 14

Location: Orpheum Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale


The Illusionists - Live from Broadway

illusionistsA record-breaking sell-out show featuring seven of the world's best illusionists, who have come together for the first time on stage to perform stunning acts of levitation, mind-reading, disappearance, water torture escape, and more.

Dates: February 16 - 21

Location: Orpheum Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


Satchmo at the Waldorf

satchmo at the waldorf This one-man show takes place backstage at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where jazz great Louis Armstrong has just finished performing one of his last shows and recounts the events that made him into the amazing "Satchmo." This acclaimed off-Broadway hit offers a unique look into the passion, struggle, and artistry of this man's incredible career.

Dates: January 13 - February 7

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


The Unfortunates

the unfortunates This mystical musical journey was a huge hit at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last year, and is now coming to San Francisco. Based on the old blues song "St. James Infirmary," this is a story about finding hope in prison, and the power of creating music in the face of loss and fear.

Dates: February 3 - April 10

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


Dirty Dancing

dirty dancingThis classic story is coming to stage in February in San Francisco. It features hit songs such as "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." This musical follows the story of two young lovers in the summer of 1963 at a vacation resort in the Caskill Mountains in New York.

Dates: February 23 - March 20

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On Sale


The Nether

the netherThe Nether is part crime drama and part sci-fi thriller that tells the story of what happens when we try to live out our fantasies online. It's about a young detective that discovers a disturbing type of entertainment online and what happens when her discovery turns into a dark battle between human nature and online fantasy.

Dates: January 19 - March 5

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale


The Book of Liz

book of lizA funny and touching play about a cheeseball-making nun who ventures out of her religious community to encounter a host of odd characters, and, along the way, finds her own self-worth. Written by acclaimed brother-sister duo David and Amy Sedaris.

Dates: January 20 - February 19

Location: Shelton Theater

Buy Tickets: Tickets on Sale at Up to 50% Off on Goldstar


Hair

hairThis American tribal-love rock musical will transport you back to the 1960s and immerse you in the groovy sounds of the hippie counterculture and anti-Vietnam War movement.

Dates: February 20 - March 12

Location: Victoria Theatre

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now at Up to 50% Off on Goldstar


Beach Blanket Babylon

beach blanketJoin the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon for a crazy and zany evening of song, dance and pop culture comedy. Every night in North Beach, you get the chance to catch a performance of this long running musical comedy.

All shows are 21+ unless noted.

Learn More: Beach Blanket FAQs and Ticketing Details

Buy Tickets: Buy Your Tickets Today on Viator


Foodies, The Musical

foodies theaterThis funny musical is the perfect night out for anyone that loves food! Laugh along to the mix of songs and sketches about eating habits, trendy restaurants, food trucks and more.

Dates: Most Friday and Saturday nights

Location: The Shelton Theater at 533 Sutter Street

Tickets: On Sale for Up to Half-Off on Goldstar


San Francisco Theater: March 2016

Wicked

wicked The Grammy and Tony award-winning international sensation is coming back to San Francisco by popular demand! This musical tells the backstory of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch, long before Dorothy and the classic story of "The Wizard of Oz."

Dates: March 9 - April 16

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Now


An Act of God

an act of god This hit comedy, starring Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes, is coming to SF straight from its wildly successful run on Broadway. It is an adaptation of David Javerbaum's (The Daily Show and Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod) critically acclaimed book, in which God and his devoted angels give us answers to our deepest questions, no holding back!

Dates: March 29 - April 17

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On Sale Now


Dirty Dancing

dirty dancingThis classic story is coming to stage in February in San Francisco. It features hit songs such as "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." This musical follows the story of two young lovers in the summer of 1963 at a vacation resort in the Caskill Mountains in New York.

Dates: February 23 - March 20

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On Sale


Hair

hairThis American tribal-love rock musical will transport you back to the 1960s and immerse you in the groovy sounds of the hippie counterculture and anti-Vietnam War movement.

Dates: February 20 - March 12

Location: Victoria Theatre

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now at Up to 50% Off on Goldstar


The Nether

the netherThe Nether is part crime drama and part sci-fi thriller that tells the story of what happens when we try to live out our fantasies online. It's about a young detective that discovers a disturbing type of entertainment online and what happens when her discovery turns into a dark battle between human nature and online fantasy.

Dates: January 19 - March 5

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale


The Unfortunates

the unfortunates This mystical musical journey was a huge hit at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last year, and is now coming to San Francisco. Based on the old blues song "St. James Infirmary," this is a story about finding hope in prison, and the power of creating music in the face of loss and fear.

Dates: February 3 - April 10

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


The Realistic Joneses

realistic jonese This Broadway hit is a touching and funny new play set in small town America. Featuring two couples who are next-door neighbors, this piece brilliantly addresses the difficulty of truly communicating and knowing one another through everyday language.

Dates: March 9 - April 3

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


Colossal

colossalFollow the story of what happens when football and dance collide. It starts with a full football game and a half time show. As these two very different worlds interact, the players and dancers learn about recovery and loss as well as what it's really like to just be yourself.

Dates: March 15 - April 30

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


On Clover Road

on clover roadThis is a clever and harrowing thriller that takes place at an abandoned motel with a distraught mother and a cruel private investigator. Will the mother be able to reunite with her daughter?

Dates: March 23 - April 16

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


San Francisco Theater: April 2016

Wicked

wicked The Grammy and Tony award-winning international sensation is coming back to San Francisco by popular demand! This musical tells the backstory of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch, long before Dorothy and the classic story of "The Wizard of Oz."

Dates: March 9 - April 16

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Now


Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus

men from marsA fusion of theater and standup, this one-man Off-Broadway hit based on the best-selling book by John Gray takes you through a series of comic vignettes depicting hilarious encounters between the sexes.

Dates: April 22 - 23

Location: Marines' Memorial Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


An Act of God

an act of god This hit comedy, starring Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes, is coming to SF straight from its wildly successful run on Broadway. It is an adaptation of David Javerbaum's (The Daily Show and Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod) critically acclaimed book, in which God and his devoted angels give us answers to our deepest questions, no holding back!

Dates: March 29 - April 17

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On Sale Now


The Realistic Joneses

realistic jonese This Broadway hit is a touching and funny new play set in small town America. Featuring two couples who are next-door neighbors, this piece brilliantly addresses the difficulty of truly communicating and knowing one another through everyday language.

Dates: March 9 - April 3

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


The Unfortunates

the unfortunates This mystical musical journey was a huge hit at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last year, and is now coming to San Francisco. Based on the old blues song "St. James Infirmary," this is a story about finding hope in prison, and the power of creating music in the face of loss and fear.

Dates: February 3 - April 10

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


Colossal

colossalFollow the story of what happens when football and dance collide. It starts with a full football game and a half time show. As these two very different worlds interact, the players and dancers learn about recovery and loss as well as what it's really like to just be yourself.

Dates: March 15 - April 30

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


On Clover Road

on clover roadThis is a clever and harrowing thriller that takes place at an abandoned motel with a distraught mother and a cruel private investigator. Will the mother be able to reunite with her daughter?

Dates: March 23 - April 16

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


San Francisco Theater: May 2016

Cinderella

cinderella This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is a delightful new twist on a classic tale. See your favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein songs come to life with a superb orchestra and spectacular scenes.

Dates: May 3 - 8

Location: Orpheum Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


Kinky Boots

kinky boots Based on a true story, this Tony Award-winning musical has inspired many sold-out crowds with its enchanting story of friendship between a struggling shoe factory owner and Lola, a fabulous entertainer seeking a good pair of stilettos.

Dates: May 11 - 22

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


Red Velvet

red velvetIt's London in 1833 and no black man has ever taken the stage in a production. This is until now. It's the story of Ida, a young black American. In his journey to break the color barrier, he also has to fight the local ideals and socialites to change the course of theater history.

Dates: May 10 - June 25

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


The Last Five Years

last five yars This musical comedy about finding "the one" takes place in New York City, where Cathy, a struggling artist, and Jamie, a rising novelist, put their love to the test against the collision of professional and personal passions.

Dates: May 11 - June 5

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


Chester Bailey

chester baily This play tells the story of two men, a catastrophically injured young man and his doctor, whose lives intersect at the end of World War II in a world of love, loss, and imagination. Starring Academy Award nominee David Strathairn, this piece is returning to A.C.T.' Strand Theater for a special subscriber-only three-week engagement.

Dates: May 25 - June 12

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


San Francisco Theater: June 2016

The Last Five Years

last five yars This musical comedy about finding "the one" takes place in New York City, where Cathy, a struggling artist, and Jamie, a rising novelist, put their love to the test against the collision of professional and personal passions.

Dates: May 11 - June 5

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


Chester Bailey

chester baily This play tells the story of two men, a catastrophically injured young man and his doctor, whose lives intersect at the end of World War II in a world of love, loss, and imagination. Starring Academy Award nominee David Strathairn, this piece is returning to A.C.T.' Strand Theater for a special subscriber-only three-week engagement.

Dates: May 25 - June 12

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


Cabaret

caberetCabaret is set in pre-WWII Germany. With so many troubles outside, many people come to the infamous Kit Kat Klub to forget about their daily lives.

Will the draw of the racy, trouble free nightlife be enough to get everyone through such tough times in real life?

Dates: June 21 - July 17

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


Red Velvet

red velvetIt's London in 1833 and no black man has ever taken the stage in a production. This is until now. It's the story of Ida, a young black American. In his journey to break the color barrier, he also has to fight the local ideals and socialites to change the course of theater history.

Dates: May 10 - June 25

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


San Francisco Theater: July 2016

Cabaret

caberetCabaret is set in pre-WWII Germany. With so many troubles outside, many people come to the infamous Kit Kat Klub to forget about their daily lives. Will the draw of the racy, trouble free nightlife be enough to get everyone here through such tough times in real life?

Dates: June 21 - July 17

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


City of Angels

city of angelsThis fun musical comedy offers two plots and two unique scores. It's Hollywood in the 1940s. A time when Film Noir is popular and a writer is getting his latest film produced. He becomes frustrated as his leading characters talk back to him and his femme fatales won't stay on the screen!

Dates: July 5 - September 17

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On Sale Soon


San Francisco Theater: August 2016

Beautiful

beautifulThe Carole King Musical, Beautiful, returns to San Francisco in August and September 2016. It follows the story of King's inspirational rise to stardom. It starts from her life as being a part of a song writing team to becoming one of the most successful solo acts of her time.

Dates: August 9 - September 18

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


City of Angels

city of angelsThis fun musical comedy offers two plots and two unique scores. It's Hollywood in the 1940s. A time when Film Noir is popular and a writer is getting his latest film produced. He becomes frustrated as his leading characters talk back to him and his femme fatales won't stay on the screen!

Dates: July 5 - September 17

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On Sale Soon


San Francisco Theater: September 2016

Beautiful

beautifulThe Carole King Musical, Beautiful, returns to San Francisco in August and September 2016. It follows the story of King's inspirational rise to stardom. It starts from her life as being a part of a song writing team to becoming one of the most successful solo acts of her time.

Dates: August 9 - September 18

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


City of Angels

city of angelsThis fun musical comedy offers two plots and two unique scores. It's Hollywood in the 1940s. A time when Film Noir is popular and a writer is getting his latest film produced. He becomes frustrated as his leading characters talk back to him and his femme fatales won't stay on the screen!

Dates: July 5 - September 17

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On Sale Soon


San Francisco Theater: October 2016

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

hedwigIn this Tony Award-winning musical, Hedwig, the lead singer of a rock-n-roll band, reveals her story as a transgender woman in America who was born male in East Berlin and whose botched operation left her with an "angry inch." This cathartic journey of self-realization is both funny and heartbreaking.

Dates: October 4 - 30

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


San Francisco Theater: 2017 Season

Hamilton

hamiltonIn March, SHN Theater will welcome the acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton as the anchor of their 2016-2017 season. See the remarkable story of Alexander Hamilton—political great, sex scandal, war hero, and all—as you've never seen or heard it before.

Dates: March 2017

Location: Orpheum Theater


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

curious incidentAlso much anticipated for 2017 is the arrival of this award-winning (5 Tonys, including Best Play) musical based on a best-selling book about the mystery of a neighbor's murdered dog, told from the perspective of an autistic boy.

Dates: TBA 2017

Location: Orpheum Theater


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